Brave refugee to carry the Torch

A TEENAGER who fled war-torn Afghan-istan is to carry the Olympic Torch tomorrow.

Gulwali Passarlay, aged 17, who lives in Bolton, was determined to make the most of his new start after an astonishing journey to safety in the UK — travelling alone 7,150 miles, through 10 countries, aged just 12.

When he first arrived he could speak very little English, but since then he has worked hard at school and contributed to the community he lives in.

He is a youth councillor, member of Children in Care Council (Voice4U), Young Ambassador for Refugee and Asylum Seekers, Young Labour Representative and Bolton Youth International New Arrivals Representative. He has made a DVD and distributed this to all secondary schools and colleges in Bolton. Gulwali will be carrying the flame in Burnley.

He said: “I will start at 12.40pm and carry the flame in Manchester Road near Halstead Street to Healey Mount.

“This is an amazing and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, which otherwise I would never have in Afghanistan. I am very excited indeed.”

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10:52am Fri 22 Jun 12

arrian says...

nice to see it's not some 'celebrity' for a change!
nice to see it's not some 'celebrity' for a change! arrian
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3:41pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Winston"2+2=5"Smith says...

Since when is the definition of a "brave asylum seeker" someone who travels through 10 other countries to get to this one?

I suggest "opportunist migrant" would be a more appropriate. Any guesses as to why Gulwali chose Britain as a final destination as opposed to the other 10 countries he passed through?
Answers on a postcard
Since when is the definition of a "brave asylum seeker" someone who travels through 10 other countries to get to this one? I suggest "opportunist migrant" would be a more appropriate. Any guesses as to why Gulwali chose Britain as a final destination as opposed to the other 10 countries he passed through? Answers on a postcard Winston"2+2=5"Smith
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1:17pm Sat 23 Jun 12

bob estes says...

Economic migrant carries torch would be more apt.
Economic migrant carries torch would be more apt. bob estes
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Sat 23 Jun 12

Despicable Me says...

I agree totally with the comments above. It's only right to suggest the lad has come here because it's known world wide only this stupid country gives money hand over fist to migrants! A true asylum seeker would claim asylum in the first country they reach out of their own! You can't blame these people but you can blame Labour since 1997 and the present Goverment have done nothing! In these times of austerity measures no mention is ever made to the expenditure on immigration I dread to think of the cost! We are an Island and surely the full sign has to go up at some stage!
I agree totally with the comments above. It's only right to suggest the lad has come here because it's known world wide only this stupid country gives money hand over fist to migrants! A true asylum seeker would claim asylum in the first country they reach out of their own! You can't blame these people but you can blame Labour since 1997 and the present Goverment have done nothing! In these times of austerity measures no mention is ever made to the expenditure on immigration I dread to think of the cost! We are an Island and surely the full sign has to go up at some stage! Despicable Me
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8:27am Mon 25 Jun 12

Hettyharlequin says...

This young man has some very 'anti British' views if his facebook statuses are anything to go by. It is not a cause of celebration when soldiers are killed and if he supports Afghanistan so patriotically why is he here? Once again a token gesture to show how 'diverse' Bolton is has not been thought through.
This young man has some very 'anti British' views if his facebook statuses are anything to go by. It is not a cause of celebration when soldiers are killed and if he supports Afghanistan so patriotically why is he here? Once again a token gesture to show how 'diverse' Bolton is has not been thought through. Hettyharlequin
  • Score: 1

6:18pm Wed 27 Jun 12

G. Passarlay says...

WinstonThank you for all of your comments, I don't want to say too much .. However, it sad know people like you who meant to be educated cannot have some knowledge to why most people came here. It is stupied to suggest people comes here becasue of money... I will why I didn't stay in the countries I traveled through, because they didn't welcome me, in fact put me in presen and now I came here to be safe.. I wouldn't havemind if they counties allowed me to stay .. I risk my life to be safe and it hurst to suggest otherwise, I love to go back to my own country alpt least people what call me emigrant and so on... I didn't just leave my family, friends and country to come here, noo it is not true..
Anyway I have been here for a few years in bolton I contributed more then any other member of the community, respected those who never had voice before and help and support those are less fortunate then me.
Indeed I am grateful for the all thenoporunities this country has provided me with but I give back as much I can... I am not nay refugee but Gulwai ... I give most my time for others and work really hard to inspire and motivated those lacking real experiences. I given hope and aspiration to many young peopl and have told them that they are very lucky and should appreciate everything and all the opprounities ... I find it hard to understand people jude me even though that don't know me...
Just for your interet Britian is 23rd in he world for refugees and migration ... Only 1% of taxpayer money goes toward their accommodation, life and so on.l better then trillions £ spent in Iraq and afghanistan. To kill innocent people :(.


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[quote][p][bold]WinstonThank you for all of your comments, I don't want to say too much .. However, it sad know people like you who meant to be educated cannot have some knowledge to why most people came here. It is stupied to suggest people comes here becasue of money... I will why I didn't stay in the countries I traveled through, because they didn't welcome me, in fact put me in presen and now I came here to be safe.. I wouldn't havemind if they counties allowed me to stay .. I risk my life to be safe and it hurst to suggest otherwise, I love to go back to my own country alpt least people what call me emigrant and so on... I didn't just leave my family, friends and country to come here, noo it is not true.. Anyway I have been here for a few years in bolton I contributed more then any other member of the community, respected those who never had voice before and help and support those are less fortunate then me. Indeed I am grateful for the all thenoporunities this country has provided me with but I give back as much I can... I am not nay refugee but Gulwai ... I give most my time for others and work really hard to inspire and motivated those lacking real experiences. I given hope and aspiration to many young peopl and have told them that they are very lucky and should appreciate everything and all the opprounities ... I find it hard to understand people jude me even though that don't know me... Just for your interet Britian is 23rd in he world for refugees and migration ... Only 1% of taxpayer money goes toward their accommodation, life and so on.l better then trillions £ spent in Iraq and afghanistan. To kill innocent people :(. http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/dist rictnews/districtato g/9108893.Afghan_ref ugee_travelled_7_150 _miles__through_10_c ountries_in_a_year__ _alone__aged_12 http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=v8VeuGxrD 2o&feature=youtube_g data_player G. Passarlay
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9:29pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Hettyharlequin says...

Please tell me the above is a spoof!
Please tell me the above is a spoof! Hettyharlequin
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